Damage Limitation – 5 Tips To Survive Christmas Week

Christmas is under a week away now. I can’t believe it! As a personal trainer in Swansea I am under no illusions as to many people’s healthy eating going out the window Christmas time. You do have to be a very strong willed person to survive Christmas week without a beer, some chocolate, some cake or sweets. Plus I’m not telling you to!

Christmas is the time where many of you deserve to relax, enjoy some family time and not have to worry about anything more than burning the turkey!!

But (there was always going to be a but) you do need to be careful. You don’t want to undo all of your hard work over the past few months in one week. So to help you on your way I have put together a list of 5 things which will help to limit the negative effects that Christmas over indulging will have on your body.

1. Sneak in a workout – I’m not asking you to go for an hour long run on Christmas day or trying to find a gym that’s open on boxing day! But it would be very beneficial to you if you can find 10-15 minutes to do a short high intense workout. You can do this at home or just pop down the local park. When you exercise you boost the amount of lipoprotein lipase in your body. Lipase is an enzyme which helps to break down fat in your body which helps vital nutrients to be absorbed by the intestines. This will help to boost your metabolism after the workout.

The exercises don’t have to be anything too advanced. Why not try 5 exercises, work for 45 sec rest for 15 sec then move onto the next exercise. Repeat 2-3 times depending on time.

Try doing Press ups, shoulder press, dips, lunges and squats continuously for 10 minutes, should give you a good workout.

2. Take Fish Oil – If you have a bad meal (high in fat/sugar/salt) then you should take fish oil immediately after it. Fish oil is available in every supermarket and health store and is also pretty cheap. This will help to reduce the negative effects from the meal. This will make sure we are in taking the right kind of fats and getting a good metabolic effect.

3. Tackle The Hangover – If you have found yourself waking up one morning feeling terrible

from a few too many drinks then you should follow these couple of tips. If you are suffering from a bad stomach then you should fast for a period of time. Drinking hotwater with lemon will also help your liver out after giving it a hammering the night before!!

4. Protein & Veg – If you are eating a meal with bread ensure that you always eat it with good quality meat as well as a quality portion of vegetables. Drink a large glass of water after every heavy meal as well to aid your digestive processes as well as keeping you hydrated.

5. Don’t Skip Meals – Make sure you are eating your usual meals throughout the days. If you avoid a meal you are a lot more likely to fill yourself up on the snacks which are scattered everywhere around the house. Also if you are in charge of the food try and offer fruit salads as a desert option instead/along with trifle or Christmas pudding.

So there we have my 5 Christmas survival tips to help you through the week. This will be the last time I speak to you before Christmas so I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and really enjoy yourself, I can’t wait!

Merry Christmas,

Richard Clarke


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